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March 31, 2014

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America?s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programsin agriculture.

Upcoming Events


April 16-18
NAAE Region I Conference
Waikiki Beach, H
I


May 20-23

AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT


July 9-12
National FFA Alumni Development Conference
Grand Rapids, MI


September 23-25, 2014
Western Region AAAE
Kona, Hawaii


October 9-11, 2014
Central Region AAAE
Morgantown, WV

Past Issues


March 24
March 17
March 10        
March 3
February 24

Quote for the Week


"Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true education."
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


MMM Submissions


To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council


USA Science and Engineering Festival April 25-27
The National Council for Agricultural Education and the National FFA organization will be participating in the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival April 25-27, 2014 in Washington, D.C.. The mission of this event is to re-invigorate the interest of our nation's youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational and entertaining science festival in the United States. Representatives from many different companies and educational organizations will take part in this event as sponsors, exhibitors and presenters. The event is designed to showcase STEM education and STEM careers to students, parents, administrators and businesses. The event is expected to draw thousands of visitors from around the country.
The Council and FFA will have an exhibit highlighting agricultural education?s connection to STEM and the many different career paths in agriculture. For more information on this event please visit this link!

CASE


Job Announcement--CASE Agricultural Mechanics Curriculum Writer
Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is pleased to announce the development of the fourth CASE Program of Study pathway. The first course in this pathway is Agriculture Power and Technology (APT). CASE is currently seeking a talented applicant to fill a full time CASE Curriculum Writer position. APT is a CASE foundational level course intended to provide instruction in agricultural mechanics with emphasis on STEM enhancement.
The application packet is available on the CASE website. All applications are due APRIL 1, 2014. The review process and hiring timeline is extremely compact with the intent on hiring by mid-May. All inquiries about the position should be made to Dan Jansen, CASE Project Director.

NAAE


Career Academies of Nashville & Agricultural Education Study Visit
Career Academies are gaining in popularity across the country as schools work to increase student engagement and achievement by focusing on college and career readiness.  Consider attending the Career Academies of Nashville & Agriculture Education Study. Visit this page for registration and to learn how Nashville is offering personalized learning communities that offer rigor, relevance, relationships, and readiness for students interested in studying agriculture. Registration deadline is Tuesday, April 1st!

Gothic Arch announces Greenhouse Construction/Enhancement Grant for NAAE Members
Gothic Arch is now accepting applications from NAAE members who would like to construct a new greenhouse or enhance an existing greenhouse for their middle school or high school agriculturaleducation program.

This opportunity is open to all active and active life NAAE members who are currently teaching agriculture in a middle school or high school. Four $2,500 grants will be awarded in 2014.

NAAE is excited to partner once again with Gothic Arch Greenhouses, a long time supporter of agricultural education in public schools.

Applications are due May 1. Follow this link to learn more and apply for the grant.

2014 DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
The DEKALB® Agricultural Accomplishment Award is annually presented to one FFA student per chapter because they exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic.   In 2014, DEKALB is celebrating our 67th year of sponsorship of this award.

Teachers must nominate a student.  All nominations should be directed to the award email box:dekalb.agaccomplishment@monsanto.com
All nominations should include:
a. Recipient (Nominee) Name
b. Banquet or Presentation Date
c. FFA Chapter / Name of School
d. Name/Address for Shipping
-assumes awards will not be shipped directly to recipients
-please allow lead time of 15 business days

Winners receive a commemorative award certificate, a lapel pin, and a congratulatory letter from the DEKALB Brand Lead.

2014 NAAE Award Applications Available
Apply for a 2014 NAAE Award. Most applications are due to the NAAE office by May 15. Click here for award information and applications.

Community of Practice Highlights

USDA

USDA Challenge Grants Program - Applications Due April 3
The USDA has released the application and information for the Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA). Click here for more details and the application.

ACTE

Common Core State Standards Meeting
The Association of Career & Technical Educators, The College Board, Student Achievement Partners and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium invite you to attend a FREE two-day Institute on implementing the common core in Career & Technical Education.  SPACE IS LIMITED and will be allocated to the first educator teams who sign up and indicate a commitment to implement and disseminate their learning locally.  The two-day Institute is designed to be a practical, interactive and collaborative learning opportunity for Career and Technical Educators at any level, and across all career clusters.  Participants will be provided with resources that they can freely use to provide local training and/or access to tools to continue their own implementation of the common core literacy standards in their own work.

For more information and to register by the April 4th deadline, click here.

FFA

Apply now: National Collegiate FFA Agriculture Ambassadors
Do you know a college student studying agriculture? Do they have a passion for spreading the good word about the industry? Applications are now available for the 2014-2015 National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador team. Selected students are trained to give presentations and facilitate workshops to audiences of all ages who are interested in learning more about agriculture. Be sure to review the FAQ prior to beginning the application process. When prepared, complete the application. To learn more about the program, visit the ambassadors webpage. Applications are due Tuesday, April 15 at 5 p.m. EST. Don't delay, get started today!

Kick-start your ag career
Agriculture is in constant need of talented sales and service professionals. Are you ready for a career that truly impacts the world? If so, join us to "Kick-Start Your Career in Agriculture" on April 9 at 3:30 p.m. in the Hollingsworth Auditorium/Ellington Plant Sciences at the University of Tennessee--Knoxville. AgCareers.com Education and Marketing Manager Ashley Collins will discuss the skills and experience required for a fulfilling career in agriculture. You can also watch the event livestream online.  For details and to register, visit FFA.org/FFAlink.

FFA Alumni

2014 FFA Alumni Development Conference
Are you proud of the successful students produced by agricultural education programs and FFA? Are you the best advocate you can be?

The 2014 FFA Alumni Development Conference (ADC) will challenge those attending to "engage" their local community, school officials, business leaders and everyone they meet. ADC workshops will lead participants through the growth and leadership continuum and help find, develop and use their voice in advocating for agricultural education and FFA. The workshops will include hands on training, Alumni and FFA updates, educational tracks and top notch motivational speakers. There are also educational tours and activities that feature regional agriculture at its best and visits to local FFA chapters to see what is happening in agricultural education and the support received by local alumni. You won't want to miss this educational, informational, entertaining and fun event. Identifying promising practices and developing ideas on how to support your local or state programs for alumni is huge and there is not a better place to make that happen than Alumni Development Conference. Watch the FFA Alumni website for details. Registration is open April 1- June 15. For additional information call 317-802-4332

CAST

Friday, March 28, 2014: Borlaug-fest, Ag Day follow-up, and base jumping videos sure to awaken your acrophobia--plus the usual links, opinions, student happenings, oddities, and ag news.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST)weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O?Lakes company).

 

 

 

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March 24, 2014

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America?s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events


April 16-18
NAAE Region I Conference
Waikiki Beach, HI

May 20-23


AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

July 9-12


National FFA Alumni Development Conference
Grand Rapids, MI

September 23-25, 2014


Western Region AAAE
Kona, Hawaii
October 9-11, 2014


Central Region AAAE
Morgantown, WV

Past Issues


March 17
March 10        
March 3
February 24
February 17

Quote for the Week


"Education is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness."
-Thomas Jefferson


MMM Submissions


To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council


The Council's 2013 Annual Report Now Available

The National Council for Agricultural Education would like to announce the release of their 2013 Annual Report. The report contains information on the accomplishments of the past year in regard to The Council's strategic plan for agricultural education and other projects associated with the organization. To view and read the report pleasevisit/click here.

CASE


Job Announcement--CASE Agricultural Mechanics Curriculum Writer
Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is pleased to announce the development of the fourth CASE Program of Study pathway. The first course in this pathway is Agriculture Power and Technology (APT). CASE is currently seeking a talented applicant to fill a full time CASE Curriculum Writer position. APT is a CASE foundational level course intended to provide instruction in agricultural mechanics with emphasis on STEM enhancement.


The application packet is available on the CASE website. All applications are due APRIL 1, 2014. The review process and hiring timeline is extremely compact with the intent on hiring by mid-May. All inquiries about the position should be made to Dan Jansen, CASE Project Director.

FFA


Apply now: National Collegiate FFA Agriculture Ambassadors
Do you know a college student studying agriculture? Do they have a passion for spreading the good word about the industry? Applications are now available for the 2014-2015 National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador team. Selected students are trained to give presentations and facilitate workshops to audiences of all ages who are interested in learning more about agriculture. Be sure to review the FAQ prior to beginning the application process. When prepared, complete the application. To learn more about the program, visit the ambassadors webpage. Applications are due Tuesday, April 15 at 5 p.m. EST. Don't delay, get started today!


Kick-start your ag career
Agriculture is in constant need of talented sales and service professionals. Are you ready for a career that truly impacts the world? If so, join us to "Kick-Start Your Career in Agriculture" on April 9 at 3:30 p.m. in the Hollingsworth Auditorium/Ellington Plant Sciences at the University of Tennessee--Knoxville. AgCareers.com Education and Marketing Manager Ashley Collins will discuss the skills and experience required for a fulfilling career in agriculture. You can also watch the event livestream online.  For details and to register, visitFFA.org/FFAlink.


2013 Proceedings now available
Relive all of the highlights of the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo in the 2013 Proceedings, the official record of the event. Click here to check it out.

FFA Alumni


2014 FFA Alumni Development Conference
Are you proud of the successful students produced by agricultural education programs and FFA? Are you the best advocate you can be?


The 2014 FFA Alumni Development Conference (ADC) will challenge those attending to "engage" their local community, school officials, business leaders and everyone they meet. ADC workshops will lead participants through the growth and leadership continuum and help find, develop and use their voice in advocating for agricultural education and FFA. The workshops will include hands on training, Alumni and FFA updates, educational tracks and top notch motivational speakers. There are also educational tours and activities that feature regional agriculture at its best and visits to local FFA chapters to see what is happening in agricultural education and the support received by local alumni. You won't want to miss this educational, informational, entertaining and fun event. Identifying promising practices and developing ideas on how to support your local or state programs for alumni is huge and there is not a better place to make that happen than Alumni Development Conference. Watch the FFA Alumni website for details. Registration is open April 1- June 15. For additional information call 317-802-4332

CAST


Friday, March 21, 2014: Temple Grandin philosophy, a need for young ag scientists, and animals raining from the sky--and the usual links, opinions, student happenings, oddities, and ag news.


The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O'Lakes company).

NAAE


2014 NAAE Ag Ed Advocacy Video Challenge ? Submission Deadline is TODAY!
Due to unexpected weather conditions across the U.S. we have decided to extend the deadline for the NAAE Advocacy Video challenge to give you more time to create your advocacy video!
NEW Entry deadline--March 24, 2014. Follow this link for complete challenge details.


Hummert International Short Course
Hummert International is now accepting applications for their Greenhouse Management and Operations Short Course. Applications are due May 30th. Click here for more information.


Gothic Arch announces Greenhouse Construction/Enhancement Grant for NAAE Members
Gothic Arch is now accepting applications from NAAE members who would like to construct a new greenhouse or enhance an existing greenhouse for their middle school or high school agricultural education program.
This opportunity is open to all active and active life NAAE members who are currently teaching agriculture in a middle school or high school. Four $2,500 grants will be awarded in 2014.NAAE is excited to partner once again with Gothic Arch Greenhouses, a long time supporter of agricultural education in public schools.Applications are due May 1. Follow this link to learn more and apply for the grant.


Career Academies of Nashville & Agricultural Education Study Visit Career Academies are gaining in popularity across the country as schools work to increase student engagement and achievement by focusing on college and career readiness.  Consider attending the Career Academies of Nashville & Agriculture Education Study. Visit this page for registration and to learn how Nashville is offering personalized learning communities that offer rigor, relevance, relationships, and readiness for students interested in studying agriculture.


2014 NAAE Award Applications Available
Apply for a 2014 NAAE Award. Most applications are due to the NAAE office by May 15. Click here for award information and applications
.


Community of Practice Highlights

USDA

USDA Challenge Grants Program - Applications Due April 3
The USDA has released the application and information for the Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA). Click here for more details and the application.

ACTE

ACTE invites you to submit a program session proposal for ACTE?s CareerTech VISION 2014, November 19-22, 2014 at Gaylord Opryland, Nashville, TN.
We are seeking high-quality proposals that address a full range of issues facing CTE educators. Proposals should include ?how to? strategies and/or evidence-based research. All proposals are due by 5pm (EST), on Friday, March 28th. Click here for more information.

 

 

 

 

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March 17, 2014

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events


April 16-18
NAAE Region I Conference
Waikiki Beach, HI


May 20-23

AAAE

Salt Lake City, UTJuly 9-12
National FFA Alumni Development Conference
Grand Rapids, MI


September 23-25, 2014
Western Region AAAE
Kona, Hawaii


October 9-11, 2014
Central Region AAAE
Morgantown, WV

Past Issues


March 10        
March 3
February 24
February 17
February 10
February 3

Quote for the Week


"Education is the most powerful weapon for changing the world."
-Nelson Mandela


MMM Submissions


To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council


Students learn importance of agriculture industry in Salem County and how they can take part
Post from STEM Daily Newsletter by STEMconnector.


Future Woodstown (NJ) High School students recently learned about the importance of the agriculture industry in their area and how they can become a part of it. An event at Holly Acres Farm hosted by the owners, the Ackerman family, and the Woodstown-Pilesgrove Educational Advisory Committee gave future Woodstown High School freshmen a glimpse of what the school’s revamped agriculture education curriculum could offer them. About 200 eighth-graders from the Woodstown-Pilesgrove district and its sending districts attended the event. “We tried to think about how we could revamp our agriculture program and how we could get more students involved and enrollment to increase. And we wanted to gain an interest,” said local farmer Mike Brooks who chairs the Woodstown-Pilesgrove Agricultural Education Advisory Committee.


This event highlights the power of strong partnerships between school based agriculture education programs and their communities to expose students to real and relevant opportunities for them in the agriculture industry. Such partnerships ensure that programs are current and have the support to sustain themselves in a time of declining budgets and increased emphasis on academic priorities and progress.  To learn more about the event in Woodstown click here.

CASE


Job Announcement – CASE Agricultural Mechanics Curriculum Writer
Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is pleased to announce the development of the fourth CASE Program of Study pathway. The first course in this pathway is Agriculture Power and Technology (APT). CASE is currently seeking a talented applicant to fill a full time CASE Curriculum Writer position. APT is a CASE foundational level course intended to provide instruction in agricultural mechanics with emphasis on STEM enhancement.


The application packet is available on the CASE website. All applications are due APRIL 1, 2014. The review process and hiring timeline is extremely compact with the intent on hiring by mid-May. All inquiries about the position should be made to Dan Jansen, CASE Project Director.

FFA


Sign up now for convention and expo housing
2014 National FFA Convention & Expo chapter housing is open. Advisors, log into your MyAgCN for details. Housing closes Sept. 10.


2013 Proceedings now available
Relive all of the highlights of the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo in the 2013 Proceedings, the official record of the event. Click here to check it out.


Enter the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Video Contest
Create a one- to two-minute video with your FFA chapter by April 11 and you could win $1,000. To learn more, visit here.


212°/360° host registration now open

Registration to host a 212° Virtues Conference (seventh-10th grades) or 360° Vision Conference (11th-12th grades) will be open online now through May 15. Conferences may be held at the chapter, regional or state level and only require a 70-student minimum. Check out the National FFA Conferences webpage for more information.

FFA Alumni


2014 FFA Alumni Development Conference
Are you proud of the successful students produced by agricultural education programs and FFA? Are you the best advocate you can be?


The 2014 FFA Alumni Development Conference (ADC) will challenge those attending to “engage“ their local community, school officials, business leaders and everyone they meet. ADC workshops will lead participants through the growth and leadership continuum and help find, develop and use their voice in advocating for agricultural education and FFA. The workshops will include hands on training, Alumni and FFA updates, educational tracks and top notch motivational speakers. There are also educational tours and activities that feature regional agriculture at its best and visits to local FFA chapters to see what is happening in agricultural education and the support received by local alumni. You won’t want to miss this educational, informational, entertaining and fun event. Identifying promising practices and developing ideas on how to support your local or state programs for alumni is huge and there is not a better place to make that happen than Alumni Development Conference. Watch the FFA Alumni website for details. Registration is open April 1- June 15. For additional information call 317-802-4332


New Alumni Staff member named
National FFA Alumni has a new program promotions manager. Jada Buchanan has joined the National FFA Alumni and will the new manager promoting all alumni programs, awards and resources. Before coming to the Alumni Buchanan was the Manager of Marketing for the American Quarter Horse Association. With the focus FFA is moving to increasing participation and engagement on the post-secondary and beyond FFA membership lifecycle her role is essential. You will soon see increased building of relationships with new and existing partners, increased value for alumni members and increased communication through social media as well as all new print materials. Ms Buchanan will also be focusing on the role out of new membership options National FFA Alumni will soon be promoting. All this and more will be done to grow membership and support  programs and chapters across the country. Look for more coming soon from National FFA Alumni and as you have an opportunity please introduce yourself to the new alumni program promotions manager Jada Buchanan.

CAST


Friday, March 14, 2014: Maybe we’ll all have our own drones someday. For now, the tech is certainly affecting agriculture. A meat map, a 500-pound wild boar--and the usual links, opinions, student happenings, oddities, and ag news.


The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).

NAAE


Teach Ag State Teach Ag Results (STAR) Program
If your state is interested in partnering with the National Teach Ag Campaign to develop a sustainable and effective recruitment and retention plan you need to submit your intent to participate application electronically by 5pm EST on Friday, March 21.  More details can be found here.


2014 NAAE Ag Ed Advocacy Video Challenge – Submission Deadline is NEXT MONDAY!
Due to unexpected weather conditions across the U.S. we have decided to extend the deadline for the NAAE Advocacy Video challenge to give you more time to create your advocacy video!
NEW Entry deadline – March 24, 2014 Follow this link for complete challenge details.


Gothic Arch announces Greenhouse Construction/Enhancement Grant for NAAE Members
Gothic Arch is now accepting applications from NAAE members who would like to construct a new greenhouse or enhance an existing greenhouse for their middle school or high school agricultural education program.
This opportunity is open to all active and active life NAAE members who are currently teaching agriculture in a middle school or high school. Four $2,500 grants will be awarded in 2014.NAAE is excited to partner once again with Gothic Arch Greenhouses, a long time supporter of agricultural education in public schools.Applications are due May 1. Follow this link to learn more and apply for the grant.


Career Academies of Nashville & Agricultural Education Study Visit Career Academies are gaining in popularity across the country as schools work to increase student engagement and achievement by focusing on college and career readiness.  Consider attending the Career Academies of Nashville & Agriculture Education Study. Visit this page for registration and to learn how Nashville is offering personalized learning communities that offer rigor, relevance, relationships, and readiness for students interested in studying agriculture.


2014 NAAE Award Applications Available
Apply for a 2014 NAAE Award. Most applications are due to the NAAE office by May 15. Click here for award information and applications.


Community of Practice Highlights

USDA

USDA Challenge Grants Program - Applications Due April 3
The USDA has released the application and information for the Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA). Click here for more details and the application.

ACTE

ACTE invites you to submit a program session proposal for ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2014, November 19-22, 2014 at Gaylord Opryland, Nashville, TN.
We are seeking high-quality proposals that address a full range of issues facing CTE educators. Proposals should include “how to” strategies and/or evidence-based research. All proposals are due by 5pm (EST), on Friday, March 28th. Click here for more information.

 

 

 

March 10, 2014

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events

April 16-18
NAAE Region I Conference
Waikiki Beach, HI


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT


July 9-12
National FFA Alumni Development Conference
Grand Rapids, MI


September 23-25, 2014
Western Region AAAE
Kona, Hawaii


October 9-11, 2014
Central Region AAAE
Morgantown, WV

Past Issues

March 3
February 24
February 17
February 10
February 3

Quote for the Week

"Excellence in education when we do everything that we can to make sure they become everything that they can."
-Carol Ann Tomlinson

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council


After The Summit follow up: Prosser’s Promise
At the 2014 Agricultural Education Summit and FFA In-service many challenging presentations were given regarding the role experiential and work based learning should play in agricultural education programs across the nation. One of the most compelling of these presentations came from Scott Stump, Assistant Provost for Career and technical Education at the Colorado Community College System. Stump also serves as Vice President of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc).
Stump titled his presentation Reclaiming Prosser’s Promise, referring to the work of Charles Prosser and the 16 Theorems of Vocational Education, and more directly Prosser’s Theorem #1:“Vocational education will be efficient in proportion as the environment in which the learner is trained is a replica of the environment in which(s)he must subsequently work.”
Stump’s presentation put forward some challenging statistics and concerns for all agricultural educators to consider. Some of those include:

  • Work based learning is weakly integrated in to the US system of career and technical education in comparison to other nations, impacting our global competiveness
  • The US has a growing youth unemployment issue, only 32% of young people entering college and careers have prior work experience……..what will be the result of a generation where only a third of them have work based experiences prior to entering college or their first career position?
  • 85% of our nation’s persistent poverty areas are in rural counties. Economic and entrepreneurial growth in these areas is vital to rural community survival.
To learn more about how taking a modern perspective on our commitment to work based learning and Supervised Agricultural Experience can be critical to the future of agricultural education and our economy visit this link and open the Third General Session drop down to view a video of Stump’s presentation and his PowerPoint.

FFA


2013 Proceedings now available
Relive all of the highlights of the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo in the 2013 Proceedings, the official record of the event. Click here to check it out.


Sign up now for convention and expo housing
2014 National FFA Convention & Expo chapter housing is open. Advisors, log into your MyAgCN for details. Housing closes Sept. 10.


Flip through the Spring 2014 issue of FFA New Horizons
In this issue, you'll read about how Easton Corbin Gives Back to FFA, get tips on preparing for your future career, learn fun facts about peanuts and more! Want to download the new FREE tablet app on your device? Click the following links to be connected: Apple, Kindleor Google. For teachers, the Spring issue’s teaching guide is also now available. Download it now and also sign up to be notified via email when a new teaching guide is posted.


Enter the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Video Contest
Create a one- to two-minute video with your FFA chapter by April 11 and you could win $1,000. To learn more, visit here.


Media plan and practicums for Agricultural Communications CDE now available
The 2014 Media Plan and Practicums for the Agricultural Communications CDE have been posted on the Agricultural Communications CDE webpage under the Event Preparation section. If you have any questions, email cde@ffa.org


212°/360° host registration opens March 15

Registration to host a 212° Virtues Conference (seventh-10th grades) or 360° Vision Conference (11th-12th grades) will be open online from March 15 - May 15. Conferences may be held at the chapter, regional or state level and only require a 70-student minimum. Check out theNational FFA Conferences webpage for more information.

CAST


Friday, March 7, 2014: Youth movement in agriculture—on and off the farm. Egg battle among states, ag-gag laws, and a fake foodie on TV. Links, opinions, student happenings, oddities, and ag news.


The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).

NAAE


2014 NAAE Award Applications Available
Apply for a 2014 NAAE Award. Most applications are due to the NAAE office by May 15. Click here for award information and applications.


CHS Scholarships for Ag Students
Earn a $1,000 scholarships to help pay for college and discover vast career opportunities in the ag industry. Applications are due March 15.Click here to apply.


2014 NAAE Ag Ed Advocacy Video Challenge – Deadline Extension – Monday March 24, 2014
Due to unexpected weather conditions across the U.S. we have decided to extend the deadline for the NAAE Advocacy Video challenge to give you more time to create your advocacy video!


NEW Entry deadline – March 24, 2014 Follow this link for complete challenge details.


NAAE Region I Conference - April 16-18
There's still time to register for the Region I Conference, to be held April 16-18 in Waikki Beach, Hawaii. Follow this link for conference details and the registration form.


Career Academies of Nashville & Agricultural Education Study
Visit
Career Academies are gaining in popularity across the country as schools work to increase student engagement and achievement by focusing on college and career readiness.  Consider attending the Career Academies of Nashville & Agriculture Education Study. Visit this page for registration and to learn how Nashville is offering personalized learning communities that offer rigor, relevance, relationships, and readiness for students interested in studying agriculture.


Community of Practice Highlights

USDA

USDA Challenge Grants Program - Applications Due April 3
The USDA has released the application and information for the Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA). Click here for more details and the application.

CASE

CASE Institute Registration
CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 30 CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! To register for a CASE Institute please follow this link.

Each site will be capped at 18 participants, with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an institute will be subject to a $250 cancelation fee. Please contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, at shari.smith@case4learning.org with any questions regarding the 2014 CASE Institutes.

ACTE

Putting Data To Work: An Online Seminar On Data-Driven Decision-Making
March 25, 12:00 PM EST.
The term "data-driven decision making" is mentioned frequently by education policymakers. What does it mean for the classroom teacher though? How can CTE educators integrate data-driven decision-making into their classroom in order to increase the success of their students? This online seminar will explore how NOCTI and ACTE's new book, PUTTING YOUR DATA TO WORK: IMPROVING INSTRUCTIONS IN CTE can help educators use data-driven and disaggregated objective technical skill data to continually improve classroom instruction. Valuable for secondary, postsecondary, and adult educators, this online seminar is a must-watch and must-listen for any CTE educator.

To register, click here.

ACTE Expresses Disappointment in Response To Obama Administration’s Budget For Fiscal Year 2015
Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) expressed concerns today regarding the Obama administration’s budget for fiscal year 2015, which provides inadequate funding for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

“The Obama Administration’s budget request does nothing to build the federal investment in CTE. Current Perkins funding levels are inadequate to prepare the nearly 12 million students enrolled in CTE programs for 21st century careers,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “It is concerning that the President continues to express his commitment to equitably providing opportunity for future generations by building a strong American workforce, but has not yet fulfilled that commitment by allocating adequate resources to CTE programs with a proven record of success, including the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.”

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The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events


April 16-18
NAAE Region I Conference
Waikiki Beach, HI


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT


July 9-12
National FFA Alumni Development Conference
Grand Rapids, MA


September 23-25, 2014
Western Region AAAE
Kona, Hawaii


October 9-11, 2014
Central Region AAAE
Morgantown, WV

Past Issues

February 24
February 17
February 10
February 3
January 27

Quote for the Week

"Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character."
-Heraclitus


MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Director.

The Council


Spotlight on Innovation in Agricultural Education: Virginia Tech Secondary Ag Coalition
By Tinesha Woods-Wells, Virginia Tech

In Virginia, agriculture and its related industries are an important part of the state’s economic base, accounting for almost $79 billion in total industry output in 2006 (Rephann, 2008). The Commonwealth of Virginia can be in a position to lead the nation in feeding the world.  Virginia is within a one-day drive of 2/3 of the U.S. population and the Virginia Port Authority is the deepest and most active Eastern port in the United States. The Virginia Tech Secondary Ag Coalition is working with local communities in rural Virginia to develop eight innovative model programs for workforce development. Programs are designed to build capacity for increasing the trained agriculture workforce across the Commonwealth with emphasis on providing high-quality learning experiences for students. Focus points include:

  • Comprehensive academic and career planning for students beginning in middle grades
  • Comprehensive, rigorous, and relevant learning experiences
  • Infusion of critical technology skills in the program that are aligned with the requirements for the industry
  • Flexible, innovative delivery systems for Agricultural Education courses that reflect coordination between secondary and postsecondary education
  • Student access to “stackable” industry credentials for successful transition from high school to direct entry to the work force or further education
  • Continual teacher retraining and professional development
The statewide coalition-based program housed in Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural and Extension Education.  Program activity is currently funded, in part, with an integrated, grant from The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) and the VT Foundation Account for Community Viability, with participating schools matching a portion of the costs. To stay informed about program activities using social media, follow the Virginia Tech Secondary Ag Coalition on Facebook.  If you have comments or questions, please contact Donna Westfall-Rudd by email or at (540) 231-5717.

NAAE


2014 NAAE Ag Ed Advocacy Video Challenge – Deadline Extension – Monday March 24, 2014
Due to unexpected weather conditions across the U.S. we have decided to extend the deadline for the NAAE Advocacy Video challenge to give you more time to create your advocacy video!


NEW Entry deadline – March 24, 2014 Follow this link for complete challenge details


Wes Crawford Selected for George Washington Carver AgriSCIENCE Teacher Award
Congratulations to NAAE member Wes Crawford, agriscience educator at Sutherlin High School in Sutherlin, Oregon for being selected for the George Washington Carver AgriSCIENCE Teacher Award, given annually by DuPont.
The annual recognizes the member of the DuPont National AgriScience Teacher Ambassador Academy who demonstrates and advocates inquiry-based science teaching and inspires students to pursue science excellence. The award also honors George Washington Carver (1864 -1943), agricultural scientist, researcher, inventor and teacher.


NAAE Region I Conference - April 16-18
There's still time to register for the Region I Conference, to be held April 16-18 in Waikki Beach, Hawaii. Follow this link for conference details and the registration form.


Community of Practice Highlights

USDA

USDA Challenge Grants Program - Applications Due April 3

The USDA has released the application and information for the Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA). Click here for more details and the application.

CAST

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014: Got Milk Gets Life and Goes Active—with a new ad campaign. Lots of other links, opinions, student happenings, oddities, and ag news. 

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).

CASE

CASE Institute Registration
CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 30 CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! To register for a CASE Institute please follow this link.

Each site will be capped at 18 participants, with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an institute will be subject to a $250 cancelation fee. Please contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, at shari.smith@case4learning.org with any questions regarding the 2014 CASE Institutes.

FFA

Enter the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Video Contest
Create a one- to two-minute video with your FFA chapter by April 11 and you could win $1,000. To learn more, visit here.

Go “Down Under” for Ag
Apply now for the Youth for Understanding Intercultural Exchange Program. You could spend your summer in one of Australia or New Zealand’s farming communities where you’ll not only attend an agricultural-themed summer program but will also receive hands-on experience. The program takes place July 5 - Aug. 30. The deadline to apply is April 1. To learn more, visit this link.